Top Five Liquid Libations
Home to ten established breweries - with more on the way - numerous wineries, an artisanal ciderhouse, distillery and one of the top ten hotel bars in the world as well as a famous tea scene, regardless what your beverage of choice is, you're sure to find it in Victoria.
Victoria's Ale Trail
Get a taste of Victoria's famous craft beers by following Victoria's Ale Trail. Begin in Rock Bay by fueling up with some nibbles and German-styled beer at Moon Under Water, continue on to sample Driftwood Brewery's award-winning offerings, then start making your way downtown with a stop in at Vancouver Island Brewery. Next up is a quick one-two punch with stops at CANOE Brewpub and Swans Brewpub before finishing up in Victoria West at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Canada's oldest brewpub.
Victoria's Cocktail Scene
Famous for its renowned brewers, Victoria's mixologists are no slouches either! For cocktail fans there are three absolute must-dos: head to Clive's Classic Lounge - the only hotel bar in Canada to be named one of the Top 10 in the World by Tales of the Cocktail - for any one of their amazing offerings, leave your drink choice in the hands of fate and Spin The Wheel at Veneto Tapa Lounge, and indulge in the signature Empress 1908 Cocktail - made with the Fairmont Empress's exclusive 1908 tea blend - at Bengal Lounge.
Tea Culture in Victoria
Tea culture has been engrained in the history of Victoria since the first wave of European settlers arrived here. Often thought of as a traditional, somewhat stuffy affair, tea culture has been flipped on its head in Victoria. Think tea-infused cocktails at The Fairmont Empress, tea-infused beer at Spinnakers, tea-based spa treatments and tea cocktail tastings at Silk Road Tea, a tea sommelier at Hotel Grand Pacific, and of course, a range of Afternoon Tea experiences at many of the city's hotels and tea rooms.
Wines of Greater Victoria & Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (known as the Wine Islands) is the fastest growing wine region in Canada. You'll find one quarter of British Columbia's wineries here, with most of them centered around the Cowichan Valley and Saanich Peninsula. Experience all the region has to offer in terms of wine by organizing a self-guided tour or scheduling a luxury limousine wine tour. Click here more a map of the wineries.
Southern Vancouver Island is home to two of Canada's most lauded cideries: Sea Cider Farm and Cider House on the Saanich Peninsula and Merridale Ciderworks in Cobble Hill. Stop by either one for tours of their farms and orchards, tasty nibbles and of course, a glass or two of cider!